What is The Ecolabel Label & How Does it Work?

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Sustainability is an issue that is becoming increasingly relevant within the different sectors that make up the industry. Through this article, we will discover what the Ecolabel is and what it consists of.

What is Ecolabel?

The Ecolabel is also known under the name of European ecological certificate. This certificate confirms that the product meets the sustainability criteria established by the EU. It also guarantees that the product conforms to strict European requirements.

Why is it important?

In a world in which it is increasingly important to reinforce measures aimed at stopping climate change, the European Ecolabel or Ecolabel becomes a guarantee that the product in question is sustainable. On the other hand, it is a way of promoting the use of products capable of reducing adverse environmental effects, thus contributing to a more sustainable industry that advocates the efficient use of resources and the protection of the environment.

In addition, companies and consumers have the possibility of obtaining more information that can influence their purchasing decisions. Thanks to this, it is possible to identify ecological services and products that can be used to optimise and achieve industrial processes.

How is this certification achieved?

To obtain the Ecolabel, companies must submit an attribution request to the competent authority designated by the Member State. The member state will be responsible for ensuring that the product meets European criteria and will make the decision whether or not to grant the certification.

Likewise, European regulations must analyse the impact of the product on the environment before awarding the Ecolabel certification. This analysis must be extended to all phases of the product life cycle, which goes from the extraction of raw materials, through production, distribution and disposal of its waste. These controls are particularly exhaustive and, consequently, guarantee the highest quality and sustainability of the products.

Antala and KAJO: commitment to the environment

KAJO is a manufacturer of speciality lubricants and greases with almost 50 years of experience in the market. Its products are designed for industries that need sustainable,  technologically advanced and high-performance lubricants.

In 2006, the Group established KAJO -Tec GmbH: where technology, innovation and the environment are its main hallmarks. KAJO has a specific range of superior quality and sustainability, as certified by the  EU Ecolabel and Blue Angel environmental labels. KAJO is, therefore, the first company to apply for the European Ecolabel.

What are the criteria to obtain it?

These environmentally friendly lubricants must meet the following requirements:

  • Labelling prohibited R phrases
  • Low ecotoxicity
  • A high degree of biodegradability and non-bioaccumulation
  • No additives included in the “blacklists”
  • Use of renewable raw materials
  • Technical performance adapted to the application
  • The Ecolabel label must appear on the packaging
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